Pakistan election commission suspended 260 lawmakers in Nawaz Sharif case

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks on during a joint news conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, following their meeting in Ankara,Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Sharif, in Turkey on an official visit, will have meetings with the Turkish leadership. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Vastavam web:  More than 260 lawmakers in Pakistan, including ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son- in-law, were today suspended by the country’s election commission for not providing details of their assets and liabilities.The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspended a total of 261 members of the national and provincial assemblies and Senate, the Express Tribune reported.According to the ECP’s notification seven senators, 71 MNA, 84 Punjab Assembly members, 50 Sindh Assembly members, 38 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa members and 11 Balochistan lawmakers have been suspended, the report said.

The ECP’s had asked the members of Parliament and provincial assemblies to submit statements of their assets and liabilities and also of their spouses and dependents by September 30, failing which their membership would be suspended.It was introduced by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to check rampant corruption, but so far it has proved ineffective.